This is an unusual deli kinda joint. You enter, get in line, and grab a menu and wind your way to the cook area to order. You then pay and find a table. A waitperson will find you and bring your meal to you.
The breakfast is supposed to be outstanding. We however enjoyed our lunch. We tasted the gumbo, a house special po'boy with debris (the yummy droppings and drippings of the house roasted beef), and a shrimp po boy.
Atmosphere: Oddly enough the back room we were in was very clean yet the atmosphere is grunge. It It appeared they had layered paint to look old and a bit grungy. Odd.
Favorite Dish: The gumbo tasted delicious and the shrimp in the po boy were fresh cooked to perfection and lovely. The po boy itself hid the delicious large shrimp under to much breading for my taste.
The debris on the other po boy moistened this sandwich (Hoagie) perfectly. It was rich and yummy.
I never go to New Orleans without visiting Mother's! They have AMAZING food - especially the ham! It's a great place to go for breakfast: sunnyside over eggs, grits, ham and homemade biscuits. I promise you will not be sorry! Just give yourself plenty of time - there is always a line outside the door to get in!
Historic restaurant from 1938 in an old brick building downtown. My husband doesn't wait on lines; but we did twice for mother's. The line moved inside quickly and passed the huge counter where we saw the food being served. At the cashier we ordered and paid for our food. We brought our receipt to a table and a waiter gave us cutlery, took our receipt and returned with a tray filled with our food. Everything looked and smelled so wonderful!
Favorite Dish: We enjoyed the jambalaya, gumbo,oyster po'boys, the craw-fish etoeffee, and we shared an amazing piece of pecan pie.
mother's is an interesting cajun restaurant in the warehouse district. mother's is a very popular lunch spot and people line up at the door to get in. mother's is a deli style restaurant and there is no table service. they offer simple cajun cuisine moderately priced. far and away not the best restaurant in new orleans but still an interesting new orleans experience.
My first trip to Mother's was 14 years ago and I was unfortunately still in the throws of food poisoning so wound up losing half of my sandwich before returning to the table to finish off what was a tasty Po Boy. I looked forward to returning but didn't get a chance until this visit. I had read on the Internet some very varying reviews of both the food and the place. For starters, if you are looking for a fancy restaurant or food, please go some place else. This is a cross between a greasy spoon late night steak shop and truck stop diner. It's not what you would call a clean place and if such things turn you off then again head to another of many dining choices in New Orleans. It's served cafeteria style too so don't come to be waited on either. New Orleans is noted as one of the country's great fine dining towns but Mother's is not the place to expect such food. It is down home cooking and as with most things related to such personal matters, everyone has their own idea of what home cooking is. There is generally a long line to get in but we went later in the evening and it wasn't overly busy though certainly not empty. We got our food quickly and found an empty if untidy table easily enough.
Favorite Dish: My wife got a fried oyster salad and I got a combination platter of jambalaya, etouffee, red beans & rice, potato salad and collard greens. Neither plate was inexpensive which is what you might expect from the surroundings but my experience in New Orleans is NOTHING is cheap. That said, the meals were quite good size. I though my wife's choice was odd but she had her first raw oysters two days earlier and loved them. She then had an oyster Po Boy which was awful and she now wanted to give fried oysters a chance but was not in the mood for anything heavy. Surprisingly, the salad was of a very nice quality and the oysters were perfectly done and not greasy in the least. My conglomeration was quite tasty and filling. If I had this at somebody's house I'd be happy to be invited over again. Would I pay $45 for the two meals with desert again? Maybe, if I was in New Orleans again but that happens what, every decade or so? The bread pudding was without reservation the best either of us ever had. I'd go back to Mother's just for that!
I stumbled in completely by accident while walking from my hotel, Harrah's, up Poydras. Mother's is a famous landmark in NOLA and most of you have probably seen it on TV from travel shows and post Katrina documentaries. I decided to have breakfast and see for myself what all the hype is about.
Mother's is a quaint little eatery, famous for being the first restaurant to reopen after Katrina. The owner, who sits at a small table next to the door as you walk in, invited several employees to park their FEMA trailers in the parking lot so they would have a place to live while returning to work.
As you walk in, you grab a menu on the right and head up to the counter at the far end, where the cash registers are, to order. Celeb pics line the front wall. After you order and pay, you take a seat and wait for your food.
(I noticed this problem at other NOLA eateries, such as Fuddrucker's inside Harrah's. Whenever the staff are confronted with 3 or more orders at once, they completely lose all organization and mix everyone's orders up. It was the same here at Mother's. It took me 10-15 minutes to get my food as it was delivered to the wrong table).
I order the Mae's omelette and 2 large OJs which came to $17.02. The omelette was just OK but the grits were oustanding! The biscuit was very good also. Like other NOLA breakfast places, the prices are high for what you get. Mother's is no exception. I wouldn't eat here again. "7 On Fulton", inside The Riverfront Hotel (across from The Riverwalk Mall) is a much better value. For the same amount of money you get better quality food, larger portions, and impeccable service. The atmosphere, decor and ambiance are excellent also.
Final note: I met a young drunk man panhandling in the French Quarter. He recommended Mother's to me because "they always give me free food, rice and beans...". I don't think Mother's should be enabling young drunk men to remain young drunk men. This doesn't sound like a very motherly thing to do.
Favorite Dish: The grits were the best I've ever tasted. I usually hate grits but not here.
I went to grad school in New Orleans and for my last meal in New Orleans I chose to eat a Ferdie Sandwich at Mothers, excellent choice. The sandwich has ham, turkey and debris (the stuff that falls of a roast) I miss that sandwich more than I miss N.O.
The locals warned me- they were right- this place seems to be living off its' reputation- I'm from gritty NY but this place was a bit too "real" for me. The "greeting" is from an elderly woman propped in the corner with a cigarette dangling from her lips. "Menus to the right, give the order at the counter"- Sounds easy, right?? Try giving an order to someone who apparently doesn't read and write too well- We repeated our request ( not a difficult one- Two Po-boys, two cokes, and two "famous" bread puddings-- three times, when the food arrived, it had to go back since they got the order wrong. You show yourself to a dirty looking formica table- Food arrives, goes back, and is delivered again. Po-boy is passable- not great, passable- Bread pudding isn't "famous"- I stopped eating after two spoonsful- and bread pudding is a favorite of mine. To top off the experience two females employees behind the counter got into a fight- spilled over to our side of the counter right in front of our table with one drawing a knife. I would suggest you skip this one-- despite the glowing reviews on this site and others I read seems the "glory days" , if there ever was any, are in the past-
When we had our meeting Saturday morning, this was one of the special restaurants that was recommended. So when we went past it on the New Orleans city tour, I took this picture, but we never got back to eat there. I'm not sure what the statis is post-Katrina.
The food is served Cafeteria Style and there are no reservations, so sometimes there is a line waiting to get in. I can't stand in line because it hurts my back too much. But at least you have the picture of the outside of it.
Mother's is open daily from 6:30 a.m. till 10 p.m. and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. till 10 p.m.
Favorite Dish: The signature po'boy is the "Ferdi" Special. They are also famous for their ham (as the sign says). The Ferdi (Ferdi being the brother of the original owner), is piled high with Mother's best baked ham, roast beef, debris (flecks of meat left in the pan) and gravy, shredded cabbage, pickles, mayo and yellow & creole mustards. The Ralph (Ferdi's son) is the Ferdi with cheese.
From Faison Everywhere a column by Sharon Faison
In a year, Mother's cooks:
more than 100,000 lbs. of ham; over 100,000 lbs. of roast beef; a lot more than 40,000 lbs. of turkey; almost 250,000 lbs of cabbage; around 90,000 lbs. of jambalaya; some 30,000 lbs. of homemade sausage; greater than 275,000 eggs; a staggering 12,000 soft shell crabs; amazingly over 30,000 lbs. of shrimp; about 250,000 biscuits; a whopping 3,500 fresh pies; over 100,000 loaves of French bread; more than 1,500 gal. of Creole mustard and a Ton of hot pepper sauce! And DO NOT leave Mother's without trying the bread pudding and whiskey sauce
The place was packed for lunch, even at 11:00am. I had a turkey po’boy. The cut of meat was very top-notch, and the sauce was very good too, it had a mustard taste to it. I wish there was more sauce on it. $10 for 1 sandwich. They supposedly have a good breakfast too.
Favorite Dish: po'boys
Served Cafeteria Style. Just read the menu while you wait in line to order. The ladies behind the counter may be a bit surly at times but on the whole a great bunch. The food is all homemade and OUT OF THIS WORLD. The PO' Boys are the best in the city.
The prices are very reasonable.
Favorite Dish: THe PO'Boys. I had the Ferdi and a whole one just stuffed me and I can eat!!!!
You absolutely HAVE to go to Mother's!
We split a seafood platter it was so huge! The food was the best we had anywhere! Forget the fancy restaurants with the romantic atmosphere and the hefty bill, this is definitely the place.
You wait in a pretty long line. When we arrived the line was to the door, but it moved really quickly. The staff works like a machine. They know how to move things along.
The atmosphere is of a bustling cafe. There is definitely nothing subdued or romatic about it, just good food and great service at a low price. The portions are huge!
There are signs that say not to tip the wait-staff - ignore them. Those signs are stupid!
Favorite Dish: The seafood platter - enough for 2, and really inexpensive! The best fried seafood in New Orleans!
Down home cooking and very good service. Expect to unbuckle your belt when finished eating. Located on busy commercial stretch of Poydras Street in the bustling Central Business District (CBD), Mother's is another favorite with locals and tourists that has people lined up waiting for tables as early as 7 a.m. on weekends.
The restaurant has been around since the '40s and has long been known for its blue-collar crowds and for serving some of the best po-boys in New Orleans. The steamed vegetables, baked ham, roast turkey and roast beef are excellent at this cafeteria-style restaurant. The breakfast is hearty and comes with strong cups of chicory-laced coffee.
Favorite Dish: Everything on the menu. I had a Shrimp Po'Boy which was out of this world.
Mothers was a nice little restaurant that served local fair...po boys, jambalaya, gumbo etc. The prices were a bit steep for the type of restaurant it was but the food was tasty and ambiance was not touristy.
Favorite Dish: Jambalaya......mmmmmmm!
There are a few:
Brennan's- The food is exquisite, and service impeccable. The best meal I had while in the city.
Camellia Grill- a little dive but with marvelous food, the waiters are funny and it's quite an experience.
Mother's- known for their breakfast, the staff can get a bit short with customers but an experience non the less.
Cafe Du Monde- a landmark, your visit will not be complete until you have been here.
Favorite Dish: Brennan's- Bananas Foster (they started this dessert), anything on the menu. They have set menus but you can also order ala carte. The gumbo and turtle soup are also good.
Camellia Grill- burgers and breakfast.
Mother's- Southern breakfast with eggs, sausages, grits and potatoes.
CAfe du Monde- coffee, beignets and kick-ass hot chocolate